North Carolina’s solid waste policy reflects the state’s desire to reduce, reuse and recycle before turning to disposal as a management option for solid waste. To that end, the North Carolina legislature established a hierarchy of preferred alternatives to using landfills. The first option, after reduction, reuse, and recycling, is composting.

Composting and Land Application Branch Overview
.1400 North Carolina Solid Waste Compost Rules
Compost Facility Permit Application Guidance

Compost Demo Guide

The Division of Waste Management wants to encourage people and organizations to try composting. Our staff is committed to working closely with applicants and we have streamlined the permit application process for pilot and demonstration projects. In some cases, construction and siting requirements can be relaxed.

Pilot and demonstration projects help us all learn more about the different ways composting can be used to reduce the amount of solid waste in our landfills. So read onto learn more about the process and give us a call. We stand ready to assist you in getting your project started.

Compost Demo Guide
Compost Testing Facilities

Composting at NC Residential and Summer Camps

Residential camps generate food scraps from meal preparation, plate scrapings and left over or spoiled food. Many camps have horses, and thus have manure to also manage. Composting and vermicomposting are viable options for managing food scraps, horse manure and other types of organic waste materials.

Document prepared by Rhonda Sherman, Extension Solid Waste Specialist, Department of Environmental and Agricultural Engineering NCSU, and Eric Caldwell, County Director, Transylvania County Cooperative Extension. 

Composting Guidance for Urban Farms and Community Gardens 

Composting Links

NC Compost Council (NCCC)
Solid Waste Association of America (SWANA)
US Composting Council
Backyard Composting of Yard, Garden, and Food Discards